Christmas is probably the only time of year when the typical Swedish mentality less-is-more goes on holiday. Out comes tons of small Santa statues - both traditionally and contemporary looking - red tablecloth, curtains and candles. Christmas wreath hare hung on doors, and poinsettias decorate windows and tables.
One of the most typical decorations during Christmas is the Advent star. It is hung in windows on First Advent and is a reminder of the Bethlehem star.
The “adventsljusstake” (advent candleholder) has 4 candles, one for each Sunday leading up to Christmas Eve on the 24th. The candles are traditionally white or red. The candleholder comes in various shapes and material. Metal candleholders often have room for adding moss and decorations such as miniature fly agaric.
The first candle is lit on First Advent and burns for a while. A week later both the first and second candles are lit, and so on until all candles are lit on the 4th Sunday.
There is also an electric version of the advent candleholder, but it usually has 5 or 7 lights and is shaped as a triangle. It is also more commonly known as a “Julljusstake” (Christmas candleholder).
Many Swedes buy Christmas trees to decorate. The decorations usually involve colourful balls, small electric lights, garlands and a large star at the top.
Others prefer plastic trees to avoid cutting down living trees. This is also a good option for pet owners. We’ve all seen what happened with Pluto and the Chipmunks!